When Emotional Trauma Shakes Your Sense of Self—How to Regain Your Balance

When Emotional Trauma Shakes Your Sense of Self—How to Regain Your Balance

Millions of Americans are impacted by emotional trauma. The number worldwide is unknown—likely millions upon millions.

However, what we do know is that emotional trauma occurs in various ways and manifests in people’s lives differently.

Undergoing a traumatic experience causes behavioral, psychological, and physical symptoms such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As you may know, PTSD is a common expression of emotional trauma.

Yet, this isn’t the only imbalance created by emotional trauma. Many people feel as though their very sense of self has been shaken to the core.

Here’s how to make sense of this inner-quaking and get your footing back, regaining balance in your life.

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How to Reduce Childhood Anxiety by Teaching Mindfulness

How to Reduce Childhood Anxiety by Teaching Mindfulness

Despite anxiety usually being pegged as an adult condition, children can experience it too.

In fact, a growing number of parents are able to acknowledge and address anxiety in their children by using mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a trendy topic nowadays. Yet, teaching mindfulness to your anxious child can profoundly impact them. The skills and self-awareness learned through this practice can positively influence their future as well.

It’s natural for your child to experience some level of anxiety in life such as before a recital or when the lights are turned out during a first overnight visit. Yet, the symptoms of childhood anxiety can easily start to negatively impact your child.

Here are a few keys about why and how to teach your child mindfulness.

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At Your Wit’s End with Your Teen? – 5 Steps to Calm Communication

At Your Wit’s End with Your Teen? – 5 Steps to Calm Communication

“I just can’t take it anymore. My teen is driving me nuts!”

Have you ever caught yourself either thinking or saying something like this?

Give yourself a break. After all, it’s not always easy communicating with your teen. A lot of obstacles can get in the way.

However, there are things that you can do to remove those obstacles so that you can both have calm communication.

Consider these ideas for how to better have these conversations with your teen.

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How to Find Job Satisfaction Through Personal Development and Growth

How to Find Job Satisfaction Through Personal Development and Growth

“I hate my job!”

It’s a sentiment that’s more common than you realize.

Going to work can feel like such a chore.

You just don’t have any passion for it. It’s hard to not have a short fuse when everyone else is incompetent. Or the new system the boss is implementing isn’t going to work, and you know it.

If you are struggling with job satisfaction, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and work on your own personal development. You may be surprised how it can actually help you have a better experience at work.

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Battling Depression? – 5 Morning Habits to Supercharge Your Day

Battling Depression? – 5 Morning Habits to Supercharge Your Day

Depression is a nasty condition that can infiltrate your entire life.

Not only that, feelings frequently accompanying depression can start as soon as you open your eyes. Haunting you until your head hits the pillow later that night, depression can rue the day.

The good news is that you do have influence over how your day plays out—whether you’re battling depression or not.

As you may know, your morning routine largely impacts the rest of your day, setting the tone. So here are five morning habits to start today. Embracing these changes can help you to ward off depression and supercharge your day.

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Perfectionism and Anxiety: Learn How to Relax and Ease Your Worries!

Perfectionism and Anxiety: Learn How to Relax and Ease Your Worries!

It’s easy to joke around about perfectionism or having high standards. But, for some people, the desire to be a “perfect” person can lead to anxiety, panic, and depression.

Perfectionism is a type of personality trait that can really be damaging when it gets out of control. Not only do you feel the need to be flawless in all you do, but it leads to an additional need for others to accept you.

In some cases, perfectionism isn’t a bad thing. People who have this trait are often very driven and motivated. They have a deep desire to succeed.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside to this character trait, too. When unchallenged, perfectionism and anxiety often go hand-in-hand.

Thankfully, you can learn to relax and still do your best while easing your worries.

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Teenage Bipolar Disorder: 7 Ways to Help Your Teen Manage Life

Teenage Bipolar Disorder: 7 Ways to Help Your Teen Manage Life

Teenagers are known for being a little moody and unstable. After all, there’s a reason that few of us would want to go back and relive our teenage years.

But teens with bipolar disorder are dealing with challenges beyond those of their peers.

Most parents experience something like relief when they learn their teen has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder because it finally gives some validation to the struggles in their home. But the diagnosis is only a first step.

Helping your child manage the challenges of their teenage bipolar disorder can make life more peaceful for all of you.

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Sports as a Teaching Aid: 3 Valuable Life Lessons Your Child Can Learn

Sports as a Teaching Aid: 3 Valuable Life Lessons Your Child Can Learn

There are so many articles written about what sports can teach kids.

Of course, they generally talk about the typical catchalls, such as teamwork and cooperation. While those go hand-in-hand with children and sports, they have almost become tired and worn.

In fact, they are probably the first things that you think of when considering enrolling your child in a sports program at school or in your community.

Yet, are those benefits the only real takeaways from athletic participation? Or are there any other lessons that your child can take away from participating in sports?

Consider three other valuable life lessons.

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4 Keys for Creating New Rituals of Connection for Blended Families

4 Keys for Creating New Rituals of Connection for Blended Families

The blended family is the “new” family structure. Yet, making a blended family blend is easier said than done.

In short, blending families is not exactly as The Brady Bunch portrayed. Rather, creating new traditions and rituals of connection may end up looking more like a football pileup than a happily blended family.

What you can expect are good intentions mixed with some trial and error. Unfortunately, no manual exists for such a situation. (I’m sure the Brady parents are working on that.)

However, motivated by a loving heart, you can most certainly write your own book on how to create new rituals of connection.

Here are a few keys to start you off.

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Dealing with the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One – 3 Practical Steps

Dealing with the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One – 3 Practical Steps

After the death of a loved one, traditions and family rituals can feel a lot like climbing a mountain. It can be so tough.

Especially if those events occur around the holidays.

Sadly, grief and loss don’t take a reprieve. Illness, accidents, and even death happen no matter what season it is. But those of us left with missing someone have to find a way to carry on, impossible as it may seem.

If you’re like many facing the holidays after the death of a loved one, you may have felt dread creep up as soon as the leaves started to fall.

It’s natural not to want to face special moments without your loved one. Yet, it doesn’t have to strip you of all your joy. After all, their memory lives on in you.

Here are three practical tips to help you deal with the holidays after the death of a loved one.

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Divorced Parents: 7 Tips to Make the Holidays Smoother for Your Children

Divorced Parents: 7 Tips to Make the Holidays Smoother for Your Children

From the outside, it may seem like a bonus for children of divorced parents to have two of every holiday.

Yet, it can be a stressful time for each parent. Naturally, children sense this type of stress and tension, creating a less-than-ideal holiday for them as well.

Let’s face it, both divorce and co-parenting are hard. Furthermore, sharing children can get complicated whether you’re on good terms with your ex-partner or not. Especially around the holidays!

And it doesn’t matter if this is your first co-parenting holiday or your 15th, the holidays can still be difficult to navigate.

Here are a few tips to make the holidays a bit smoother for your children. Oh, and you as well!

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Trouble Eating Healthy During the Holidays? – How to Make Good Food Choices

Trouble Eating Healthy During the Holidays? – How to Make Good Food Choices

Eating healthy during the holidays is a concern on most of our minds this time of year.

As the weather turns chilly and the leaves start to fall, many of us shift into a sort of hibernation mode.

Unlike a drowsy grizzly bear—whom nature has actually granted with a hefty winter sleep—you likely still have to go to work, care for the family, and attend holiday get-togethers.

At these aforementioned holiday events is when the eating problems commonly arise. After all, with such an array of deliciousness, how can you not taste it all?

Here are a few seasonal tips to eating healthy during the holidays.

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The Holidays Are Coming! – 5 Tips to Keep Levels of Anxiety Low

The Holidays Are Coming! – 5 Tips to Keep Levels of Anxiety Low

For many people, the holiday season can bring a mix of emotions.

In fact, feeling depressed or anxious is not uncommon in the least bit. It can get tricky to keep levels of anxiety low in the midst of the seasonal hustle and bustle.

Experiencing your own unique hodgepodge of emotions may have caught you off-guard. Or perhaps you’ve been dreading the holiday stress since May.

No matter what your situation, consider these practical tips to keep levels of anxiety low.

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Bullying Prevention at Home: How to Raise a Child, Not a Bully

 Bullying Prevention at Home: How to Raise a Child, Not a Bully

Bullying has a stigma attached to it.

And bullying prevention often carries the same negative reputation.

After all, what parent wants their child to bully other children? Likely, no one reading this post.

Yet, it’s so easy for parents to look the other way when behavioral signs point in the direction of bullying conduct from their own child.

Furthermore, children prone to bullying at school often exhibit well-mannered and good behavior at home. This can make bullying prevention a bit more tricky.

So, how do you raise a child rather than a bully?

Consider these practical parenting tips.

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Why Respectful Communication and Clear Boundaries Are Important for Effective Parenting

Why Respectful Communication and Clear Boundaries Are Important for Effective Parenting

If you’re like most parents, you’ve learned in real time that this parenting gig is no easy job.

Basically, it’s tough. And that’s putting it gently.

On top of raising one or a brood of positive contributors to society, there’s the matter of maintaining your own dreams and goals. Then, of course, you also have to comply with many unspoken societal standards and sort through the mounds of so-called parenting instructional manuals.

Oh… and have I mentioned that it’s a tough job?

So, how do you manage it?

Is effective parenting even doable? Or is it an impossible feat where survival is the only option?

Take heart in knowing that effective parenting is possible. You can raise a great kid or an entire brood of them.

But for your parenting endeavor to be ultra successful, you’ll need a hefty mixture of respectful communication and clear boundaries.

Here’s why.

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Cohabitation Issues: When Convenience Is Confused with Love

 Cohabitation Issues: When Convenience Is Confused with Love

Although living together pre-marriage hasn’t always been trendy or even accepted, it’s old news nowadays.

Many people consider cohabiting as the level of commitment right before marriage. Others tend to view it as a substitute for marriage.

Also, there is the unforgettable but often overlooked gray zone of romance. This is the zone where cohabitation issues arise and living together takes on a new meaning.

When it comes to sharing a living space, it’s unsurprising that partners often confuse convenience with love. After all, cohabiting offers a sense of security that few people want to leave behind.

But what does this do to the idea of love? And how does this gray zone promote cohabitation issues?

Here’s the scoop on this common mix-up.


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Why Support Is So Important for Chronic Illness Treatment

Why Support Is So Important for Chronic Illness Treatment

In chronic illness treatment, caring for your physical ailment is likely at the forefront of your mind.

Often, that may cause you to leave your overall wellness somewhere towards the back, falling behind a hefty list of prescriptions and your daily to-do list.

It’s only natural to focus directly on your chronic illness treatment. In fact, you need to.

Keep in mind, though, that you are more than a physical being. Made up of emotions and thoughts, your body and mind reflect each other more than you may know.

For this reason, it’s vital to surround yourself with a stable support system.

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When You’re Afraid of Relationships – 5 Tips to Overcome Your Insecurity

When You’re Afraid of Relationships – 5 Tips to Overcome Your Insecurity

When you’re afraid of relationships, there’s usually a good reason. Perhaps you were hurt, scared of being tied down, or are simply tired of trying so hard without your efforts being reciprocated.

These are all valid reasons to be skittish about romance. After all, love is a big deal. And so are your emotions, for that matter.

Most people will tell you that you just need to dive in, facing your fears. They say it will all work out.

Except… that it won’t.

You may even unknowingly sabotage your own relationship.

So, before diving in head first, consider these tips for overcoming your own insecurity.

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Are You and Your Spouse Considering a Divorce? – How Discernment Counseling Can Help

Are You and Your Spouse Considering a Divorce? – How Discernment Counseling Can Help

Divorce is one of the most impacting decisions you will ever make. It will affect you for the rest of your life.

Yet, sometimes it’s the right way to go.

Knowing when it’s time to call it quits doesn’t come easily. Usually, making a life-altering decision like divorce requires time to identify your true desires and weigh your options.

Some people spend a vast amount of time deliberating, unable to pull the trigger on either staying married or getting divorced. This feeling of limbo can become very uncomfortable, exacerbating the problem.

If this situation sounds all too familiar, perhaps it’s time you consider discernment counseling.

Different from other forms of therapy, this type of counseling focuses on couples who are seriously considering divorce. It can help you figure out what you really want.

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Help! My Parents Are Getting Older!” – 6 Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

Help! My Parents Are Getting Older!” – 6 Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

While it may be your deepest calling, caring for aging parents is no small task.

From trying to understand confusing healthcare plans to meeting with an attorney to solidify a will, the elderly don’t have it easy. And, in helping them, you don’t have it easy either.

But even in the midst of declining health, financial worries, and the overall anxiety that often befalls humans during the golden years, you and your parents can find peace.

Let’s face it, getting old is hard work. Hard work that none of us can avoid.

Nevertheless, here are six valuable tips on how to maintain your calm as your parents age and require more of your help.

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